Cracked, oddly shaped, and severely stained teeth can be a confidence buster. These dental imperfections damper your smile and also, at times, can affect your oral health. It is crucial to have these dental problems fixed. Fortunately, we have several treatments that can help address specific problems. However, if you are looking for a treatment that can address multiple of these problems, then dental bonding is for you.
Dental bonding is the process of fixing a composite resin on the teeth to improve the appearance. This post looks at the five benefits of getting your teeth bonded.
Cosmetic bonding is used to correct different dental imperfections:
After the assessment, the dentist will determine if dental bonding is for you.
Dental bonding is so fast, and it lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. Because of how simple it is, anesthesia is not used unless necessary. The dentist only uses anesthesia if decay is present, and a root canal procedure is needed.
Dental bonding is done in one visit and takes a few steps:
Before the teeth are bonded, the dentist will first assess your dental health and determine if bonding is a suitable treatment. Next, your teeth will need little preparation to make it easy for the bonding material to stick. The dentist will choose the correct shade that closely matches the teeth.
The dentist will then roughen the teeth’ surface to make it easy for the teeth to bond. Next, a conditioning liquid is applied to the teeth. The putty-like composite resin is applied and molded to the desired shape of the teeth. The composite resin is hardened using a blue light. Finally, the dentist will trim the teeth and remove any excess resin. The teeth are polished to look like the rest.
Teeth bonding is the least expensive cosmetic dentistry service. The cost of dental bonding will depend on the number of teeth that need bonding and their location. However, on average, bonding can cost $300 to $500 per tooth.
Although dental bonding is an ADA approved procedure, most insurance companies do not cover bonding. It is important to speak to our finance department about the actual price for dental bonding.
Cosmetic dental bonding is done in one dental sitting. Treatments like veneers, crowns, and bridges need at least three dental visits to be fixed because they are made in the lab. Furthermore, veneers and bridges need the enamel to be reshaped to be fixed. This process is irreversible, and you will need to cover your teeth with crowns or veneers.
Dental bonding is an effective treatment for minor dental imperfections such as chipping and cracking. However, resin composite is not as durable as veneers or crowns. This means that they last between two and seven years. Also, they are prone to cracking, breaking, and discoloration. Overconsumption of wine, cocoa, and tea can cause the resin composite to change its shade.
If your bonded teeth discolor, you will need to have the procedure redone because you cannot alter the shade once they are fixed.
For these reasons, the dentists recommend dental bonding as a temporary dental treatment.
Bonded teeth are prone to cracking and breaking, and it is important to have proper dental practices:
If you notice any cracks, chips, or sharp edges on the teething, visit the dentist immediately for treatment.